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Vintages 2024 Buyers Guide
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Not Your Run-of-the-Mill French Tickler
Domaine Lafage
Novellum Chardonnay 2022

JUNE 8 VINTAGES BEST BUY - #390781 - $19.95
Ripe, Rounded, Toasty, Ready **+ (89-points)
This ripe, rounded, ready-to-drink, crowd-pleasing 100% Chardonnay has 25% aged in neutral French barrels and 75% in tank on the lees for several months. Pale straw colour with an intense, rather spicy, ripe, lemon-melon-apple-pear purée nose with some mineral notes. Dry, medium bodied, well structured, harmonious, bright, spicy, gently toasty, ripe, lemon-apple-melon flavours with a lingering, crisp finish. This newly designated “Vins de France” (formerly IGP Pays d'Oc) has 13% alcohol and 3 g/L residual sugar with lot number L24051 on the lower part of the glass bottle. Try with roast chicken.
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Dare to Discover an Amazing Georgian Bargain White

Tbilvino Tsinandali Dry White 2023
JUNE 8 VINTAGES BEST BUY - #266585 - $16.95
Fresh, Dry, Bright **+ (89-points)
What a great warm weather discovery! Bright light straw colour. Attractive, fresh, very slightly spicy, gently floral, ripe apple-yellow-grapefruit nose. Dry, medium to medium-light bodied, very bright, fresh, apple-lemon-melon flavours with a lingering, crisp, harmonious, refreshing finish. This very tasty well-priced blend of Georgia’s indigenous vitis vinifera Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane grapes has 11% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar. To add complexity and mouthfeel, 10% was aged in French oak. Versatile and ready-to-drink, it is excellent with chicken, seafood and especially oysters.
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Superb Summer Sipping

Kir-Yianni Le Nord Assyrtiko 2023

A BEST BUY - VINTAGES - #25707 - $18.00

A Bright, Fresh, Ripe, Winter-Melon-Pear *** (90-points)
ASSYRTIKO is internationally accredited as THE #1 GRAPE of Greece. This vibrant ripe 2023 Assyrtiko is a must try for all wine lovers. Pale straw in colour, it has a very fresh, slightly spicy, somewhat floral, honeysuckle nose with citrusy, fresh melon-pear fruit along with some mineral notes. Dry, medium to medium-light bodied, harmonious, slightly spicy, very fresh, winter melon and ripe pear flavours with a lingering, crisp, refreshing, well balanced finish. This extremely well-priced crowd-pleaser is ready-to-drink and perfect with pasta, poultry and/or seafood (especially mussels and calamari). It spent 4 months on the lees and has 13.5% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar.
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Father's Day Gold Medal
Bordeaux Steak Out


Chateau des Landes Cuvée Prestige 2019

VINTAGES BEST BUY - #363101 - $23.95
Intense, Solid, Complex *** (90-points)

This hefty, award-winning 2019 is made from Merlot vines averaging 50-years-old. It has a very deep purple-red colour with an intense, complex, gently earthy, still youthful, ripe Damson plum nose with some cedary, peppercorn and dark chocolate notes. Dry, medium-full to full bodied, dense and well structured, the intense, ripe, plummy, restrained black-cherry favours are followed up by a with a lingering, bright, minerally, gently grippy, cedar-sandalwood finish. Aged for 16 months in French oak, it has 14% alcohol and is best served in a large Riedel red Bordeaux glass.
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Georgia's Great Saperavi

United Stars Koncho Saperavi 2022

JUNE 8 VINTAGES BEST BUY - #466458 - $15.95
Ripe, Harmonious, Ready **/**+ (88.5-points)

Made from the Saperavi grape which is indigenous to Georgia and the country’s most planted red grape variety. Fairly deep purple-red colour, it has an attractive, slightly floral, spicy, ripe, plumy-black-cherry purée nose with a touch of cedar. Dry, medium bodied, ripe, blueberry-plum-raspberry flavours with a lingering, slightly cedary, harmonious finish. A real ready-to-drink crowd-pleaser, it was matured for 12 months in oak. Referred to as a Barolo on a budget, it is terrific with Italian tomato-based dishes. This is the best shipment to date.



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